Posted on | November 20, 2012 | 13 Comments
Hello, boys and girls, it’s your favorite furry red Muppet who . . .
What’s that, boys and girls? Elmo’s not your favorite Muppet? You say Elmo doesn’t like girls? That’s so sad.
And what’s that? You say Elmo likes boys just a little bit too much?
Kevin Clash — known as the voice of Elmo — is facing NEW allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a SECOND underage boy …
The accuser — who is now in his 30s — has filed a lawsuit against Clash … claiming the two met on a gay phone chat line … when the accuser was 15 years old and Clash was 32. . . .
Among the allegations, [Cecil] Singleton claims, “[Clash] trolled gay telephone chat line rooms to meet and have sex with underage boys.”
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in NYC, Singleton claims Clash “groomed [the accuser] to gain his trust by, among other things, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money.”
Singleton claims while Clash was featured on “Sesame Street,” he was “preying on teenage boys to satisfy his depraved sexual interests.”
That’s so sad. And now Elmo’s going bye-bye.
UPDATE: Today’s episode is brought to you by the letters “C,” “Y” and “A.” Also, “W,” “T” and “F.” Mary Katherine Ham:
Sesame Workshop has an incentive to protect its brand, and Clash had become a big part of it, but one would think any hint of sexual impropriety with minors would have gotten Clash tossed out of an organization whose entire mission is to work closely with children thanks to tremendous trust from parents.
Exactly, and notice the Sesame Street statement:
Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us wants, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street.
Yeah, the “controversy” is a “distraction,” i.e., a public relations issue, rather than a troubling accusation that might indicate children have been put at risk by the organization’s willingness to ignore evidence (if there was evidence) of wrongdoing (if there was wrongdoing).
One can think of many contexts in which such accusations against an individual would raise questions about the suspect’s employer.
As I said to Pete Da Tech Guy, it’s a good thing Elmo’s not a Catholic priest, or else this might be a real scandal.